The future look of Calhoun Park was again up for discussion Tuesday evening as the committee tasked with developing a plan for future additions met to further discuss their report to City Council and request for proposals for designs for a new structure.
The committee discussed the draft of an RFP which, when finalized, will solicit designs for a second memorial to be placed in the park.
The committee also discussed the wording and content of the conclusion and recommendation report to City Council, regarding the enhancement of the park including findings, actionable steps and a potential budget for the project.
The Calhoun Park Committee was formed by City Council by a resolution that found that the text of the Meriwether Monument is offensive and inconsistent with today’s beliefs and that an education display and structure recognizing the seven black men that died during the Hamburg Massacre should be installed.
The Hamburg Massacre occurred July 8, 1876. During it, one white man and seven black men were killed. The Meriwether monument memorializes Thomas McKie Meriwether, the one white man, but nowhere in the park are the seven black men recognized.